Post Author: Swami Gaurangapada Date: 2006-01-14 16:27:11
Title: Gauranga Nama in Scotland User: Swami Gaurangapada Date: 2005-02-05 16:18:53
We would like to happily congratulate His Holiness Bhakti Vallabha Puri Goswami, the temple president and all the devotees of ISKCON Scotland for indiscriminately distributing the rarest and the most confidential treasure in the whole of creation: the most merciful Holy Name of Lord Gauranga, to all the around 8 million people of Scotland, thus fulfilling the innermost desire of Shrila Prabhupada, Shrila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura Prabhupada, Seventh Goswami Shrila Saccidananda Bhaktivinoda Thakura, all the previous Acharyas, Lord Shri Advaita Acharya and Their Supreme Lordships Shri Shri Nityananda Gauranga Themselves. We thank them for their most glorious and rare service in this universe of spreading the Holy Name of Gauranga from door to door and street to street in Scotland. We always believe in the non-sectarian and non-institutionalized spreading of the Nityananda and Gauranga Mantrarajas and the Hare Krishna Mahamantra all over the whole world. The following Vyasa Puja offering by devotees of ISKCON Scotland to our beloved Shrila Prabhupada shows their staunch faith in Gauranga Nama and their dedicated efforts to spread the Gauranga Mantra all over their country:
Offering of ISKCON Scotland to Shrila Prabhupada for his Vyasa Puja 2001 which shows the great dedication to the most magnanimous service of the devotees of ISKCON Scotland towards humanity of spreading the Holy Name of Gauranga, the Gaura Gopala Mantra:
Dear Shrila Prabhupada,
Please accept our respectful obeisances at your lotus feet. All glories to you, Shrila Prabhupada, all glories to you!
On your journey to America you prayed to your spiritual master, Shrila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati: By his strong desire, the holy name of Lord Gauranga will spread throughout all the countries of the Western world. Due to the desire of your Guru Maharaja, you came to give us this holy name. Now by your strong desire you are working through your disciples to do the same. You will be pleased to know that the holy name of Gauranga is being spread far and wide here in Scotland. There has been an inundation of Gaurangas name for the last few years through numerous towns and villages throughout Scotland, and it is expanding more and more through our Gauranga campaign of posters, stickers, and Gauranga rock prasadam distribution. Our Every Town and Village program is systematically covering the whole of Scotland. Gaurangas name and harinama kirtanas are resounding all over. (this para is from the 1997 offering)
By your great compassion the holy names are now spreading all over Scotland and the north of England at such a fast and enthusing rate. Wherever we go people are calling out the holy name of Lord Gauranga upon seeing us. People approach the devotees on the streets and just to say Gauranga, smile, and go on there way. The fallen souls are very happy by this chanting. We are seeing this more and more. It is now becoming an accepted part of daily life to so many. By the fallen souls chanting Lord Gauranga's name, we can see very clearly that they are changing and are very happy by this chanting. Some young people are using the name Gauranga as a general greeting whenever they meet each other, and they shout it out loudly upon seeing each other at a distance, thus benefiting so many others in the vicinity.
It is all your mercy, Shrila Prabhupada. You brought Gauranga's name to the West and distributed it freely. Now the fallen souls are becoming attached to that great name by your sweet mercy. All glories to you, Shrila Prabhupada! You are the real mercy of Lord Nityananda and Shri Gauranga-sundara. You are the extended mercy rays of the benediction moon spreading throughout the world and giving spiritual light in this dark age.
Prabhupada is our light, nescience is darkness. Where there is Shrila Prabhupada there is no darkness.
Here in Scotland we are seeing that Lord Gauranga's name is fast becoming a household word, as was predicted. This is your great gift of mercy to the suffering and fallen souls of this dark and perilous age. The people of Scotland are generally very gross, but they have a great liking for this Gauranga-nama.
Thank you for engaging us fallen souls as your tiny little servants in distributing this greatest of transcendental gifts. When we are fully engaged in the distribution of Gauranga-nama, there are no worries and life is very wonderful, and the fallen souls are very happy also. What else is there for us to do? We are seeing very clearly the amazing results of distributing Gauranga-nama, so with your permission and much-needed blessings we beg to continue and hope that you are pleased.
Please forgive us for all our offenses and stupidity. We are actually useless, but you have kindly found a use for us. All glories to you, Shrila Prabhupada! All glories to Lord Gauranga's sweet holy name, which is your great gift to the world! You are the real Gauranga dasa.
The people of Scotland are generally very gross, but they have a great liking for this Gauranga-nama.
Commentary by Swami Gaurangapada:
This clearly demonstrates the scriptural injunctions that Gauranga Nama which does not consider the 10 offenses is very easily accessible, most essential and effective for the offensively burdened grossly sinful souls of Kali Yuga and thus is the only remedy for their deliverance.
We are seeing very clearly the amazing results of distributing Gauranga-nama, so with your permission and much-needed blessings we beg to continue and hope that you are pleased.
Commentary by Swami Gaurangapada:
This is just the beginning of a new world era where we are beginning to see a tiny drop of the amazing miracles and results of chanting the Nityananda and Gauranga Mantrarajas. These most merciful offenseless Holy Names of Nityananda and Gauranga are predicted and destined to bring about the pure and offenseless Golden Age of 10,000 Years in this Kali Yuga. And we will see much bigger and much greater mircales from the chanting of Nityananda and Gauranga Mantrarajas in our personal lives as well in this universe as the chanting of These Holy Names spreads far and wide.
Here in Scotland we are seeing that Lord Gauranga's name is fast becoming a household word, as was predicted.
Commentary by Swami Gaurangapada:
This was surely the desire of Shrila Prabhupada as he has stated again and again:
Shrila Prabhupadas Letter to: Niranjana, Brooklyn, 21 May, 1973: You mention that they have not even heard of Lord Gauranga. So that is their misfortune, and our misfortune also. _________________ in India, they could not preach Lord Gaurangas name all over India.
It is not by any stroke of sheer luck or chance that the most fortunate people of Scotland and getting a chance to hear Gauranga's Holy Name. It is because of the unlimited spiritually pious deeds they have performed in the previous lives that they have taken birth in a country where Gauranga is becoming a household word.